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Arizona Submarine Veterans
Perch Base
Phoenix, AZ
United States Submariners

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Monthly Meeting - September 10 - at Dillon's. MidWatch deadline - Friday - September 16. Gudgeon Base Picnic - Saturday, September 17 - in Prescott Valley. USS Phoenix (SSN-702) Welcoming Ceremony - Tuesday, September 20 - at the Papago Park Military Reservation.
USSVI 2016 National Convention Photos

2016 USSVI National Convention
Twenty-nine Perch Base Submarine Veterans (USSVI) and wives went to the 2016 USSVI National Convention held from August 14 through 20, 2016 in Reno, Nevada, hosted by Corvina Base.
Chuck Emmett received a Robert Link Award. Perch Base received a Golden Anchor Award. Howard Doyle and Keith Post both received Silver Anchor Awards. Bravo Zulu to all.
View more pictures HERE.

George Crider


Perch Base Life Member George Crider, STCS(SS) (ret) took a fall and was hospitalized. George has improved and was moved out of ICU to a hospital room and then to an acute care center for rehabilitation therapy. He has been moved again to another rehab facility near Arrowhead Mall. He is in room 346 at the Center at Arrowhead, 7201 W Camino San Xavier Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308.

George joined Perch Base 16 years ago and is also a Holland Club Member, having qualified on the USS Sea Devil (SS-400) in 1960. He also was selected "Shipmate of the Year" at our 2015 Annual Awards Banquet.

Please keep George in your thoughts and prayers.

Davy Jones Quilt of Valor photos

Davy Jones awarded
Quilt of Valor

Perch Base members Don Unser and Richard Kunze conducted a ceremony to award Life Member Davy Jones a Quilt of Valor on August 13, 2016.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. This quilt, titled "Anchors Aweigh," was pieced and quilted by Ms. Helen Choma, mother-in-law of our former member Steve Leon who moved out of the area, but still remembers and appreciates Davy.
View more pictures HERE.

August USS Phoenix photos

USS Phoenix is here!
Perch Base member DeWayne Lober was present for the arrival of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702) sail and planes at the Papago Park Military Reservation on August 12, 2016. The parts were shipped from the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard on four trucks.
A Welcoming Ceremony open to the public is scheduled for Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at the Papago Park Military Reservation. Invited speakers include Governor Doug Ducey, and Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton.
View more pictures HERE.

USS Flier

Lest we forget to perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. . .
72 years ago, on Aug. 13, 1944, the USS Flier (SS-250), sailed off into history on her final and eternal patrol.
While on her 2nd war patrol, on 12 August, as she transited Balabac Strait on the surface, she struck a naval mine. Traveling at 18 knots (33 km/h), she disintegrated and sank in less than a minute, but several of her crew managed to escape. After a tortuous and painful journey, the few crew members reached Perth.
78 men were lost.
"Sailors, rest your oars, we have the watch."
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

USS S-39

74 years ago, on Aug. 13, 1942, after four (4) war patrols, USS S-39 (SS-144) ran aground off Rossel Island (the Coral Sea.) Repeated efforts to free her failed but the entire crew was rescued by the HMAS Katoomba.
There was no loss of life.
Visit the Perch Base Eternal Patrol page.

Map to Dillon's Restaurant

We meet the second Saturday of every month at 1200 hours (noon if you’ve been out a while) at Dillon's Restaurant, 20585 North 59th Ave, Glendale, AZ 85308-6821 (Left-click address, or the map above, for a Google map to Dillon's.) Come at 1100 for time to "socialize."

2016 Prescott Parade

Perch Base took the USS Phoenix float up to Prescott, Arizona on July 2nd, 2016, for the Prescott Frontier Days® Parade.
View more parade pictures HERE.

Michael Mattera

Michael Mattera
Some of our members may know Michael Mattera, a Gudgeon Base (Prescott, AZ) member.
Michael Phil Mattera went on Eternal Patrol on June 15, 2016. He served as a submarine sonarman serving on the USS Bergall, SS-320, from 1947 to 1951, and the USS Sablefish, SS-303, in 1951.

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

View the obituary HERE.

Dan Moss

Arizona Silent Service Memorial (ASSM) Chairman and Perch Base member Dan Moss was interviewed on KFNX Radio 1100 AM by radio host Mike “Shoe Shine” Gebhart about the Memorial.
Listen to interview HERE and visit the ASSM Website.

Walt Blomgren

Walt Blomgren
Perch Base member Walt Blomgren went on Eternal Patrol on May 24, 2016. Walt was our Base Chaplain in 2009-2012 and Event Coordinator in 2013. He was a member of the Holland Club, having qualified in submarines over 50 years ago.
Walt was born in 1938 and enlisted in the Navy from 1957 to 1961, leaving as an EN2(SS). He served and qualified on the Argonaut (SS-475) from 1957 to 1959 and then on the Halfbeak (SS-352) from 1960 to 1961.

A brief military service will be conducted at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona on Cave Creek Road on Tuesday, May 31 at 2:30 p.m.

Your Brothers of the 'Phin Have the Watch.
Fair Winds and Following Seas, Shipmate.

View the obituary HERE.

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The Loss of the Perch

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US Flag

When should I fly the American Flag at half staff?

Check out the Arizona Half Staff Notification web site.

65 U.S. Submarines never returned to port. Click on Eternal Patrol and see pictures and stories of the "boats" that remain at sea . . . forever, on eternal patrol.

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USSVI Creed:

"To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in the pursuit of their duties while serving their country. That their dedication, deeds and supreme sacrifice be a constant source of motivation toward greater accomplishments. Pledge loyalty and patriotism to the United States of America and its Constitution.

In addition to perpetuating the memory of departed shipmates, we shall provide a way for all Submariners to gather for the mutual benefit and enjoyment. Our common heritage as Submariners shall be strengthened by camaraderie. We support a strong U.S. Submarine Force.

The organization will engage in various projects and deeds that will bring about the perpetual remembrance of those shipmates who have given the supreme sacrifice. The organization will also endeavor to educate all third parties it comes in contact with about the services our submarine brothers performed and how their sacrifices made possible the freedom and lifestyle we enjoy today."

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We honor those submariners
who have never
returned to port
and remain on
Eternal Patrol

Link to boats on Eternal Patrol

Click on the picture, above,
to see those boats on
"Eternal Patrol"

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Officer Dolphins

WE are an organization with but one simple requirement to join
— have you ever worn Dolphins?
(been designated, "Qualified in Submarines.")

All of us have served their country
in the Silent Service

Enlisted Dolphins


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Because we are the "SILENT SERVICE," many people are unaware of the services our submarine brothers performed in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. Thirty submarines served in the Korean War, as detailed on the USS Bowfin Submarine website. Sixty-six submarines served in the Vietnam War, as detailed in a letter from United States Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click on the Blackboard for a Complete Glossary of Submarine, Naval and Nautical Terms

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Click on this sentence, or the photo, below, to see how the float was constructed

Pictures showing how the float was constructed

To honor those who currently serve, and those who went before us, we built this float that we use in parades and static displays. The float is a 1/15 scale model of the nuclear powered submarine USS Phoenix (SSN-702,) named after our city. The Phoenix was a Los Angeles-class submarine that was 362 feet long and, on the surface, had 32 feet of the ship under water.

Need a description of the Perch Base float, a scale model of the USS Phoenix (SSN-702)?
Click on the document icon, below, to get the approved and authentic script suitable for parades or other public events.

Refer the event organizers to http://www.perch-base.org/Float-Announcer-Script.pdf

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Click here for the Submarine Glossary

Click here for a complete historical listing of all the classes of submarines.